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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract…

by Barb Rosenstock (Author), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist. But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music? In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box. Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author’s note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art.
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
LOVE this biography about Kandinsky's life. I also love how the author describes abstract art in a way that makes sense. This would be a great book to talk about how kids all have special talents.

#inspiring
#biography
#abstractart ( )
  kgilpin | Mar 12, 2016 |
This is a wonderful celebration of creativity and self-expression. The artwork is vibrant and detailed, and is as much fun to "read" as the story itself.

Curricular connections: Use as part of a biography genre study (grade 4); with a unit on art and artists. ( )
  linnea_simon | Mar 12, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this for many reasons. First, I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. Since the story is called the noisy paintbox I was expecting great illustrations and they were. They were very abstract and bright, and the drawings of the people in the story were very detailed. Another thing I enjoyed was the characters. The main character, Vasya, was interesting to see develop throughout the story. He wanted to be an artist and not a typical Russian boy. No one believed in him and they didn't like his work, so I really enjoyed watching him work through his struggles. Another thing I liked was the language. They words are very proper and the tone of the book sounds serious. The words were very descriptive. For example, " canary-colored mailbox....scarlet sunset haze...etc." The main idea of this story is that it is okay to stray away from norm of a society and children should spend time doing what they love. Another message is to never give up. Vasya wanted to paint the way he wanted and he didn't want to take all of the educational classes like his peers were doing. He became a successful artist even though no one believed in him for a very long time. ( )
  oliviaceresi | Feb 22, 2016 |
Genre:Fantasy Because the paint box in this book is magic, and the little can not just learn painting because of a box.
Media: Oil paint
Summary: Just like other children, Vasya needs to learn a lot of skills including Maths, piano, and history. One day, he is going to have art class, he finds a magic paint box. After learning he was able to draw beautiful pictures.
It is a good input in the beginning of a art class for 1 to 3 graders. ( )
  xye15 | Feb 17, 2016 |
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Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.
 
But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music?
 
In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.
 
Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author’s note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:26 -0400)

Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

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